Recently, I saw a cartoon of Dennis the Menace. He was setting in a corner with a frown. His mother was telling his father, “He knows his DOs, but he needs to work on his DON’Ts”. That seems to often be the way with many of us.
The following scripture comes to my mind:
- “Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good” (Romans 12:9). The King James Version uses particularly strong language: “Let love be without dissimulation. Cleave to that which is good, abhor that which is evil.”
I think most of us would receive an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ for a grade on ‘cleaving to the good’. However, we would likely get a ‘D’ or even an‘F’ on abhorring the evil. We just don’t like confrontation. There are aware of many things around us that are wrong, but we hesitate to stand up against them. The enemy of our soul whispers things to us like:
- Who are you to judge?
- It’s not your problem.
- Don’t get involved.
- It’s not your job to try to right everything that’s wrong.
An old adage still rings true: “All that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Today, certainly we should do good to everyone as opportunities arise. But, we must also be determined to resist evil and take an active stand against things that are wrong. It goes without saying that our reference on good and evil is God’s Word.
WE KNOW OUR DO’s, BUT OUR DON’Ts OFTEN NEED WORK
~ Brother Roy